Vikings sign WR Fruechte, release two others

The Vikings signed former Gophers receiver Isaac Fruechte and released Kain Colter and Jesse Somel.



After a weekend of looking at dozens of rookie NFL hopefuls, the Minnesota Vikings have added one to their roster and released two other young players.

With rookie minicamp behind them, the Vikings added former Minnesota Gophers wide receiver Isaac Fruechte and released receiver Kain Colter (Northwestern), who spend last year on the team’s practice squad, and guard Jesse Somsel, who was among the 10 undrafted rookies the Vikings signed last week following draft weekend.


Fruechte spent one year at Rochester (Minn.) Community and Technical College before transferring to Minnesota, where he played in 38 games over three years. Last year, he caught 18 passes for 292 yards. He started 18 games with the Gophers.

He was a member of the Caledonia (Minn.) High School Class AA State Championship teams in 2007 and 2008 and is one of four Minnesota natives on the Vikings roster, joining CB Marcus Sherels, WR Adam Thielen and T Carter Bykowski.

The Vikings still have one open roster spot on the offseason 90-man roster.

They signed all 10 of the draft picks prior to the start of rookie minicamp, had 10 undrafted rookies signed that were part of the camp, as well as 10 other young players on the roster. In addition, they had dozens of young players attend last weekend’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.


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